Management Matters: Monthly Digest of Insights Shared by Your Peers in the Energy Central Utility Management Group – October 28, 2021

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Welcome to the Utility Management Group roundup, Management Matters. As always, your fellow group members are paying close attention to utility management trends and sharing their insights. This month’s selection includes information about improvements in distribution grid model management, Canada’s decarbonization efforts, and more. Be sure to like and comment on your favorite posts. Happy reading!



Fat Bats Are Happy Bats

Christian Newman

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In this post, new Energy Central member Christian Newman, Technical Executive at Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) describes how EPRI is monitoring the health and well-being of certain animals. Given their importance to our ecosystem, one of those they are monitoring most closely is bats. Working with utilities, which frequently own or manage land where bats hibernate, the organization is researching ways to prevent a disease that has killed many bats. With ongoing research, EPRI hopes to slow the population decline and protect this species.



Distribution Grid Model Management Matters — And a New Architecture Makes It Easier

Pat Brown

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To analyze grid conditions, utilities must accurately describe the grid to be simulated in digital models, an action that is easier said than done. Common approaches are costly, complex, and prone to error, which is why companies often use a band-aid approach instead. In this article, Pat Brown, Technical Executive, Information & Communication Technologies at Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) explains that, to address this challenge and others, EPRI is pursuing the Grid Model Data Management project, which is focused on developing a new foundation for managing the grid model data critical to the electric distribution industry.  



Q&A With Jigar Shah and the US Department of Energy’s Loan Program Office, Part 2

Brett Feldman

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Here, Brett Feldman, Research Director at Guidehouse presents a Q&A that Guidehouse recently conducted with Jigar Shah, leader of the Loan Program Office (LPO) within the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Topics include determining carbon emissions impacts from applicants, how the LPO is helping transition from coal to a clean energy economy, the role of utilities versus the private sector, and areas of focus for the LPO around hydrogen.



Decarbonizing Canada Through Electrification

John Bistline

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The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) has released the findings of its Canadian National Electrification Assessment. In this piece, John Bistline, Principal Project Manager at EPRI describes key findings, including the overall takeaway message that adopting electric end-use technologies in place of fossil-fueled alternatives can deliver significant emissions reductions. Importantly, the assessment reveals that there are multiple pathways for the country to leverage electrification in efforts to meet its decarbonization goals.



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